For Planners

We are here to help you bring Meaning and The OPA! Way® into your organization.  We will work with you to customize the program so that, together, we can deliver an inspirational, practical, and meaningful experience.
 
In this section, we provide photos, book covers, short biographies, draft introductions, and program requirements.  Please contact us for availability, further information, or to answer any specific questions you may have by email: maria@theopaway.com or phone: (505) 988 5881.

Photos and Book Covers:

Right click on the photo or book cover to copy for your program guide and promotional use.

      
Alex Pattakos, Ph.D.
Co-Founder, The OPA! Way
® and OPA! Center for Meaning
"Dr. Meaning," Modern-Day Greek Philosopher, Political Scientist, Best-Selling Author, Keynote Speaker

      
Elaine Dundon, MBA
Co-Founder, The OPA! Way
® and CEO, The Meaning Group
Meaning Strategist, Best-Selling Author, Keynote Speaker, Advisor, Philosopher

Short Biographies

Please see the In the Media! section of this website for longer biographies.

Alex Pattakos, Ph.D. “ALEKO”

Alex Pattakos, Ph.D., is a “Modern-Day Greek Philosopher,” internationally-recognized leader of the "Meaning Movement," and co-founder of The OPA! Way®, a new approach to finding joy & meaning in everyday life and work that is uniquely inspired by Greek philosophy and culture, and the OPA! Center for Meaning. A very proud Greek American (of Cretan heritage), Alex believes passionately and authentically that each of us can find deeper meaning in our lives, each day, every day. Alex is the author of the international best-selling book, Prisoners of Our Thoughts, which is available in 22 languages, including Greek, and numerous formats. A U.S. Army veteran, he is also a former therapist and mental health administrator, political campaign organizer, and full-time professor of public and business administration. As a pioneer in the personal transformation area, Alex has worked globally to help individuals and organizations develop their full potential. His unique approach is both inspirational and practical. He has written (with Dr. Elaine Dundon) an exciting new book, The OPA! Way: Finding Joy & Meaning in Everyday Life & Work (launching worldwide Fall 2014) and continues to explore his Greek heritage. OPA!

Elaine Dundon, “ELENI”

Elaine Dundon, MBA, is CEO of The Meaning Group and co-founder of the The OPA! Way®, a new approach to finding joy & meaning in everyday life and work that is uniquely inspired by Greek philosophy and culture. Following the completion of her MBA degree, Elaine spent 15 years working in Brand Management, including at Procter & Gamble. Expanding her interest in Innovation Management, Elaine founded The Innovation Group Consulting Inc. (1995), designed and taught the groundbreaking course on Innovation Management at the University of Toronto (1999), and authored an international best-selling book, The Seeds of Innovation. As her work in Innovation Management evolved, her focus shifted to the "Human Side of Innovation" and specifically, Meaning, which her experience and research show is the key area for determining success. In support of her growing interest in Meaning, Elaine travelled many times to Greece, studied Greek Philosophy and Metaphysics, and co-authored (with Dr. Alex Pattakos) a new book, The OPA! Way: Finding Joy & Meaning in Everyday Life & Work (launching worldwide in Fall 2014). Now in her roles as CEO and Meaning Strategist at The Meaning Group, Elaine is leading the Meaning Movement and helping others find joy & meaning in their everyday lives and work. OPA!

Draft Introductions

Alex Pattakos, Ph.D.
Let me introduce today’s speaker. Dr. Alex Pattakos (pronounced like "Pa Tacos") is a “Modern-Day Greek Philosopher” and an internationally-recognized leader of the "Meaning Movement," who is authentically focused on bringing Meaning to everyday life, work, and the workplace. A very proud Greek American (of Cretan heritage), he is the co-founder of The OPA! Way®, a new approach to finding joy & meaning in everyday life and work that is uniquely inspired by Greek philosophy and culture and the OPA! Center for Meaning. Alex believes passionately that each of us can find deeper meaning in our lives, each day, every day. Among his many publications, he is the author of the international best-selling book, Prisoners of Our Thoughts, which is available in 22 languages, including Greek, and numerous formats. A U.S. Army veteran, Alex is also a former therapist and mental health administrator, political campaign organizer and full-time professor of public and business administration. As a pioneer in the personal transformation area, Alex has worked globally to help individuals and organizations develop their full potential. He has written (with Dr. Elaine Dundon) an exciting new book, The OPA! Way: Finding Joy & Meaning in Everyday Life & Work (launching worldwide Fall 2014) and continues to explore his Greek heritage. Today we’ve invited Alex (Aleko in Greek) to share his thoughts and techniques on how we all can find joy & meaning in our everyday lives and work. I know you will find his unique approach to be both inspirational and practical. Please welcome Dr. Alex Pattakos, Aleko... OPA!

Elaine Dundon, MBA
Let me introduce today’s speaker.  Elaine Dundon (pronounced like "Done Done") is CEO of The Meaning Group and co-founder of The OPA! Way®, a new approach to finding joy & meaning in everyday life and work that is uniquely inspired by Greek philosophy and culture. Following the completion of her MBA degree, Elaine spent 15 years working in Brand Management, including at Procter & Gamble. Expanding her interest in Innovation Management, Elaine founded The Innovation Group Consulting Inc. (1995), designed and taught the groundbreaking course on Innovation Management at the University of Toronto (1999), and authored an international best-selling book, The Seeds of Innovation. As her work in Innovation Management evolved, her focus shifted to the "Human Side of Innovation" and specifically, Meaning, which her experience and research show is the key area for determining success. In support of her growing interest in Meaning, Elaine travelled many times to Greece, studied Greek Philosophy and Metaphysics, and co-authored (with Dr. Alex Pattakos) a new book, The OPA! Way: Finding Joy & Meaning in Everyday Life & Work (launching worldwide Fall 2014). Now in her roles as CEO and Meaning Strategist at The Meaning Group, Elaine is leading the Meaning Movement and helping others find joy & meaning in their everyday lives and work. Today we've invited Elaine (Eleni in Greek) to share her thoughts on how we can all find joy & meaning in our everyday lives and work. I know that you will find her approach both inspirational and practical. Please welcome Elaine Dundon, Eleni... OPA!

Program Requirements

As the requirements for each program are unique, we welcome the opportunity to discuss these general guidelines with you. Here is a list of items for our discussion:

1) Room Setup: no podium is required or preferred. Audience set up (round tables, theatre style, etc..) to be discussed.

2) Microphone: We prefer a lavalier or cordless lapel microphone so that we are not tied to one spot or the podium (and can have both arms/hands free!). This approach helps us walk around the stage or front of/around the room, during the program and deliver a more engaging and inspirational program.

3) AV equipment: Please supply a LCD projector and large screen. We will supply our own laptops/remote cordless mouse, if needed.

4) Lighting: please adjust the lights so that the audience can see both the speaker and the screen(s).

5) Please provide a small table at the front of the room or on stage.

6) Book signing prior to or following the program: to be discussed.

7) Airfare: We fly from Santa Fe (SFA) and Albuquerque (ABQ) in New Mexico USA, or from Toronto (YYZ) in Canada.

8) Learning Resources: To be discussed. Learning Resources can be used to reinforce the key messages and facilitate continuous learning.

We look forward to bringing The OPA! Way® into your organization or association. OPA!

                                                                                

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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